Re: Injury Watch-Chris Harris
posted at 1/13/2014 12:48 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
Arrogant and cocky Broncos fans acting like losing their best all around CB won't matter in disrespect to Pats offense. Also, built in woe is me injury excuse when our team has been battered far worse.
What a delusional moron:
"This has been a brutal season for injuries. This may actually trump 2008 when we lost every starting RB. Should make it all that much more sweet. Once we make it past the Patsies, the NFC passing offenses are quite inept. So we should still be okay."
From the Denver Post:
The second person has my same suggestion with Carter in the middle, not Bailey:
Print Email NFL Chris Harris injury: Broncos cornerback out for playoffs with torn ACL By Mike Klis
The Denver Post POSTED: 01/13/2014 10:16:16 AM MST 8 COMMENTS | UPDATED: ABOUT 2 HOURS AGO
The Broncos will have to play the AFC championship game Sunday without starting cornerback Chris Harris. A magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday morning confirmed the team's fears: Harris has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to two NFL sources.
That means the Broncos must play without one of their most valuable defensive players against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game — and Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 in New Jersey, if the Broncos win Sunday.
The Broncos have lost several starters to injury this season, including Ryan Clady, Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson, Rahim Moore and Derek Wolfe. The team has overcome those injuries mainly because it has been able to keep quarterback Peyton Manning healthy.
But Harris will be especially difficult to replace. Or did you not see the fourth quarter of the Broncos' 24-17 AFC second-round playoff victory Sunday against the San Diego Chargers?
Harris suffered the injury well away from the ball. With 8:17 remaining in the third quarter, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed a 19-yard pass to Keenan Allen along the San Diego sideline as Harris was covering his man on the other side of the field. Harris limped off after that play and did not return.
It was no coincidence Rivers got hot after Harris left. Rivers led the Chargers to 17 points in the fourth quarter, twice throwing touchdown passes to Allen. And only a third-and-17 conversion by Manning on a 21-yard pass to Julius Thomas with 3:06 remaining allowed the Broncos to retain possession and eventually run out the clock.
A rusty Quentin Jammer replaced Harris on the outside Sunday, but the Broncos could also consider moving Champ Bailey from nickel to the outside corner and insert rookie Kayvon Webster into the nickel.
The Broncos' Chris Harris injured his left knee in a playoff game against the Chargers on Sunday. ( Tim Rasmussen, Denver Post file)
Or, they could keep Bailey inside and give Jammer or Tony Carter another shot at outside coverage.
A restricted free agent after this season, Harris was certain to receive the highest-possible tender from the Broncos. The first-round tender paid $2.879 million last year and figures to go up this year. Undrafted out of Kansas, Harris received a meager $2,000 signing bonus to join the Broncos as a college free agent in 2011. A case can be made the team has never made a better $2,000 investment.
Although he doesn't have terrific speed, Harris' physical play, outstanding technique and competitiveness quickly earned him a spot as the Broncos' nickelback.
Last season, and for most of this season, Harris would start on the outside cornerback position, then move back in to play the nickel on passing downs. Harris had developed into one of the top five nickelbacks in the league until the final two games of the season, when he was moved permanently to the outside corner while Bailey returned from a nagging foot injury to play the nickel.
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- DAN G3&NBSP;MIN. AGOToo many injuries to key players this year. Really bad luck. PermalinkReport AbuseReply to this commentVote this comment upVote this comment down
- JOE Q PUBLIC3&NBSP;MIN. AGOUgh . . . not good. Not good at all. Jammer is awful--Brady is going to have a field day with him unless someone else can step up and play that side. Is Champ healed enough to start again instead of playing situationally? PermalinkReport AbuseReply to this commentVote this comment upVote this comment down
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gman23 wrote:I didn't hear anything about it during the broadcast but was wondering why Jammer was getting so much playing time.
I figured the Broncos were using a different package or something...though my immediate reaction on that fourth down pass to Keenan Allen was Baltimore redux. Same play. Same side of the field.
At least now I know it wasn't only me who hadn't heard CBS say anything. CBS should be called out for missing Chris' injury. PermalinkReport AbuseReply to this commentVote this comment upVote this comment down
- JONAS GREEN3&NBSP;MIN. AGO:cry: I also think thats a bunch of bull----, that sundays game is at 1:00 this shouldn't be the undercard game please flex it to the night game were in the west we take offense to this early game crap especially an epic game like this the n.f.l. needs to pull there heads out. PermalinkReport AbuseReply to this commentVote this comment upVote this comment down
- CA G9&NBSP;MIN. AGO
But maybe Champ is well enough to play outside. The Pats don't have that great an outside passing game with Aaron Dobson et al. But who would cover Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, etc.
BTW not once did I hear Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson say anything about Chris going out. Please correct me if they said something. Otherwise, it's terrible and inexcusable to miss Chris' injury.
I didn't hear anything about it during the broadcast but was wondering why Jammer was getting so much playing time. After the game when I heard he got hurt, it all made complete sense. This injury is very unfortunate but at least they have all week to prepare and make the needed adjustments. PermalinkReport AbuseReply to this commentVote this comment upVote this comment down
- JONAS GREEN13&NBSP;MIN. AGO:( This is really unfortunate news.I didnt know Harris was injured yesterday,and was wondering why jammer was in the line up getting abused by rivers now things are not looking to good you have slow Jammer or webster thats not a good solution and you have Tony Carter. I guess kick baily opposite side of d.rc. and play Carter in the slot and hope for the best.
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Wilfork, Mayo, Kelly, Talib off and on.. Verren, GRONK, Dobson? Vollmer starting tackle. The bronco fans or media nobody feels bad for you. The pats have been hit hard by injuries too.